Ravensburger Buchverlag is one of the leading publishers of children’s and young adult books in Germany. It is a subsidiary of Ravensburger AG, a family business founded in 1883 by the bookseller Otto Robert Maier. Dr Anuschka Albertz and Dr Urban van Melis are the managing directors of the pub-lishing house, which employs some 100 office and field staff.
Ravensburger publishes books for children and young people of all ages. Picture books for the very young, beginning reader books for school starters, and also novels and non-fiction books for children and older readers all appear under the company’s blue triangle trademark. Ravensburger publishes some 400 books per year and its program currently spans more than 1,900 titles. Its turnover in 2015 totalled 64,7 million euros.
Ravensburger stands for quality. Successful authors, such as Gudrun Pausewang, Anne Voorhoeve, Nina Blazon and Morton Rhue publish their books under the blue Ravensburger triangle, and top illustrators, like Ali Mitgutsch, Helmut Spanner, Angela Weinhold, Doris Rübel, Wolfgang Metzger and Stefanie Harjes, Henning Löhlein und Daniel Müller also work for Ravensburger.
Ein Fremder ist ein Freund, den man noch nicht kennt.(Irisches Volksgut)Illustration aus „Der schaurige Schusch“ von SaBine Büchner und Charlotte Habersack
Children grow up with Ravensburger picture books: ministeps® for the very young, board picture books and narrative picture books accompany them on their way into the world of books.
Wieso? Weshalb? Warum?® (the »Why? Why? Why?« range of books) invites children of two to twelve to discover the world in playful ways. With over 20 million products sold, it is Germany’s most successful range of non-fiction books for children. Thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated encyclopaedias and non-fiction books for children aged seven to thirteen cover all important topics.
The tiptoi® series is an innovative, audio-digital learning system Ravensburger has developed. Using the tiptoi® pen, children bring Ravensburger’s interactive books, games, puzzles and toy figures to life and hear stories, sounds and conversations plus a wealth of facts and information.
The fiction for children and young adults include not only novels by acclaimed authors but also series and sequels. Ravensburger’s paperback program consists of approximately 350 available titles and includes classics, such as »Die Wolke« (»The Cloud«) by Gudrun Pausewang and »Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl« (»When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit«) by Judith Kerr, as well as more recent books for children and young adults.
Thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated encyclopaedias and non-fiction books for children aged seven to thirteen cover all important topics.
8 titles available in the series. Over 100.000 copies sold since publication in 2015.
For 9-year-old Violet, there is no better place than her Auntie Abigail’s flower shop in a small British town. Both of them share a special gift: With the aid of a book of ancient flower recipes that only Violet and her aunt can read, they use flowers to heal and help people. Over the course of the series, Violet is being introduced to the secret flower magic. In each self-contained volume, she solves a major problem, though of course not without a few hiccups. Her friends, twins Jaqueline and Zack, everyday life at school and cheeky animals play important roles as well.
Vol. 1: Secrets upon Secrets
Vol. 2: Jinxed Plans
Vol. 3: Magic is Not For the Fainthearted
Vol. 4: Journey to the Magic Berries
Series to be continued with 2 titles annually.
The animals of Mount Blockhead are in uproar: The Gripsy intends to move in with them! Admittedly, no one has ever seen him, but they all have a very clear conception of what he is like: Gruesome! A Gripsy smells like wet dog, poaches eggs and his favorite dish is roasted rabbit! Such a critter they don’t want to live with them. But too late! Moving boxes stand already in front of his house. He’s here! The animals bar their doors and of course nobody wants to come, when the Gripsy invites for a ‘real treat’ – a trap, obviously! Only one can’t resist: the Partyrabbit. Against all warnings he rings the doorbell of the Gripsy’s house. The animals agree: He won’t survive that!
Kids at regular secondary schools are dumb, have no class, and wear cheap, ugly clothes – according to Lea’s best friend, Sophie. Naturally both of them go to a university prep school. Project week is coming up soon, and Lea and Sophie sign up for a poetry slam course. They have no idea that other teenagers from another school will also be participating – from a regular secondary school. Two different worlds collide. Harsh words, insults and prejudices rain down like hail. But out of necessity they all have to pull themselves together. And in the process, Sophie falls head over heels in love. In the end, all that talk about preconceptions has vanished without a trace.
The first volume of this mystery trilogy tells the story of fourteen-year-old Lisa, who seems to magically attract bad luck. First her parents split up, then her English mother decides to move back to her home town of Cliffmoore in Yorkshire, taking Lisa along. After the old housekeeper next door tells her about a mysterious curse that Lisa’s family is supposedly under, Lisa is sure that she has finally lost her mind completely. Especially since she got into a fight with the super-jerk Ashley at school, her mother has found a new partner just as fast as her father, and Lisa gets no answers to her many questions. So Lisa decides that she’ll get to the bottom of the family secret – which seems to have something to do with feuding Scottish clans – on her own initiative. In the course of her investigations Lisa encounters not only ancient witches’ tales and talkative church sextons, but also finally finds a good friend, learns to believe in herself, and takes interest in a certain young man: Ben, who turns out to be related to Ashley and the awful neighbor, Edna...
The second and third volumes of this mystery trilogy will be published in 2016.
Berlin in the year 2039: the city lies in ruins, and any kind of orderly civic life has long since collapsed. The people who have survived are simply struggling for their existence. How are they supposed to endure the horror of each day, the hunger and the cold? In the midst of this is 15-year-old Anna, who is fighting for her life and for love – and for a world in which she might have a future, in spite of everything.
»... maybe there is someone, somewhere, who can read this. And sometimes I wonder how it would be if someone reads this in a hundred years or so. And I hope that someone is happy, and has a full belly, and says, ›Am I ever glad that dark time is over with and all people are free and have enough to eat.‹«
Successfull series of 3 titles centering around a rabbit family.
Vol. 1: ...GO TO SLEEP
The Rabbit family wants to go to bed. But something is always missing: Mommy Rabbit, Hoppy Rabbit, Mousy Rabbit and Cuddly Rabbit. When finally the five little rabbits are in bed, they still can’t sleep. Then all of a sudden they know: a goodnight kiss is missing.
Vol. 2: ... HAVE A PICNIC
Vol. 3: ... ARE HUNGRY
The Paws Brigade – that’s Leni, Harry, Max and Paula, and don’t forget their dogs, the sweet golden retriever Lotta, the stubborn beagle Socks, the clever border collie Kiwi, and the Jack Russell terrier Mogli. The four children experience the most amazing adventures with their four-legged friends.
Vol. 1: Lotta Saves the Puppies
Vol. 2: Socks Makes a Scene
Vol. 3: Kiwi Celebrates Its Birthday
Vol. 4: Mogli Goes On A School Trip (Autumn 2017)
Series to be continued.
What was supposed to be a fun day at the annual fair for Till, Meck and Bea has ended in a catastrophe. The hot-tempered fortune-teller Madame Malus has banished them to another world, one crawling with moaning monsters, ghastly ghosts and even a vampire. Madame Malus looks into her crystal ball with satisfaction. She showed those three brats a thing or two, and they will never, ever find the way out of the underworld. But the friends identify some kindly spirits among all the others who may be able to help them.
Vol. 2: Hunt Across The Devil’s Sea
A new adventure/fantasy trilogy inspired by Viking mythology.
A cunning plan of the treacherous god Loki propels Viggo back into the past to find his biological parents. In reality, the god of lies wants to use Viggo to prevent the approaching end of the world – the legendary Ragnorök. Viggo lands in the midst of the rugged world of the Vikings, where he is enslaved to a pirate captain and has to fight for his survival.
Vol. 2 and 3 to be published in 2017.
Recommended by New Books in German (Autumn 2016)
16-year-old Vi is supposed to spend the holiday with her father. When she arrives in his castle in the Alps, there is no sign of him. She stumbles across some high tech device, activates it by mistake – and suddenly finds herself face-to-face with her doppelgänger, Nicky. Vi is in a parallel world. Also Nicky’s father has disappeared. Vi and Nicky have to join forces to find him.
Then she meets Finn. Sparks fly between them, but Vi is not sure if he can be trusted. Nicky is kidnapped and Vi has to make difficult decisions on her own. Her only chance to return to her world is to be braver than she ever dreamed possible, and maybe even sacrifice a great love...
Vol. 2 and 3 to be published in 2017.
This large-format board book with lots of movable elements (flaps, sliders, etc.) invites children to move, load and unload a wide variety of vehicles found on farms, in cities, on construction sites and at a farmer’s market. They can drive a tractor into the barn, load a horse into a trailer, empty garbage cans into a garbage truck, take a damaged car off a tow truck, and much more. Short texts animate readers to get involved and name what they see, and children will have hours of fun exploring and playing with this spectacular book.
Bright, vibrant images resting on a prominent, continuous line throughout each book distinguish this series of lift-the-flap board books. Many flaps of all sizes invite toddlers to interact with each scene and name and talk about what they see.
4 Topics: Vehicles, Animals, Construction Site, Farm
The bear has been dreaming of a garden in the forest for a long time. Day after day he plants, digs and pours. But every time short after, his garden is completely devastated again: The salad is nibbled, the tomatoes are stolen and molehills can be found on the carefully laid out bed. That’s enough! The bear decides to find out who the wrongdoer is, and lies at night on the wait – in vain, because he falls asleep. Deeply sad, the bear withdraws. Only now the other animals realize that they have made their friend unhappy. It was not their intention. They apologize and work on a new garden altogether.
The wild Uff lay down for a short nap 66 million years ago, and just woke up again. Now it has all kinds of crazy ideas, and is creating all kinds of chaos for the Peppel family.
4 titles of the series available:
• The Wild Uff (Vol. 1):
The Wild Uff Looks for a Home
• The Wild Uff (Vol. 2): Vacation
• The Wild Uff (Vol. 3):
• The Wild Uff (Vol. 4):
The Wild Uff Needs a Friend
The Animal Heroes are seemingly normal kids who become superheroes when they are with their magical animals, and take on the ability to swim like a ray, run like a cheetah, fly like a falcon, or climb like a gecko. Their enemies, the Beast Boys, will stop at nothing to get their hands on a sculpture the Animal Heroes have, which has the power to make any creature in the world magical. The elements of magic, animals and superheroes make the Animal Heroes series compelling and unforgettable.
• Animal Heroes (Vol. 1):
• Animal Heroes (Vol. 2):
• Animal Heroes (Vol. 3):
Rayne lives in a small town near Chicago, blissfully unaware of the continual struggle between light and shadow souls going on all around her. They have special powers and live among humans, who sometimes fall victim to them. One night she is attacked by a shadow soul, and two men come to her aid and kill the attacker. In spite of her outrage about the killing, Rayne is intensely drawn to the younger of the two, who are light souls. Colt is handsome, mysterious, and irresistible – and he seeks out Rayne, too. Rayne finds herself caught up in the contest between the worlds of light and darkness. Colt and Rayne are soul partners, and Colt belongs to the light. Rayne isn’t sure where she stands, but she has to decide, and the connection between them could either save them or destroy them both.
• Soul Mates, Vol. 2:
Call from the Dark
You’ll Get a Sibling, Little Sparrow (spring 2019)
The little sparrow is so excited: There’s an egg in the nest! Will this be his sibling? He cannot wait! At last the hatchling takes its first breath, as the family now becomes four members. A loving story that shortens the waiting time for the sibling.
I Love You, Little Mouse (June 2018)
A testament to a mother’s love for her child.
Take Comfort, Little Bear (June 2018)
A testament to the power of empathy and caring.
Further titles in preparation.
Large, sturdy sliding elements integrated into the interactive board books in this series invite toddlers to take an active role in discovering various aspects of their environment.
• My Vehicles (January 2018)
• Young Animals (January 2018)
• At the Nursery School (January 2018)
• On the Farm (January 2018)
• At the Construction Site (December 2018)
The bear is suspicious: His neighbors must be wanting to steal all his money. For safety, he builds a wall with barbed wire around his cave. A story of tolerance and friendship that opens the eyes of young and old.
Previous and very successful title: The Gruesome Gripsy (January 2016)
A story about xenophobia and how it’s worth giving strangers a chance and getting to know them first. Because just like the gruesome Gripsy, strangers can turn out being very sweet and friendly fellows.
Rights sold: Simplified Chinese (worldwide except Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao), Danish (Denmark), Luxembourgian (Luxembourg), Swedesh (Sweden).
Vol. 1: The Magical Pony Farm (June 2018)
Lila’s father owns a carousel, and Scruff is Lila’s favorite pony on it. She usually knows what Scruff is thinking. When her father decides Scruff is worn out and should be replaced, Lila runs away with the pony. After an adventure-filled search they find the magical pony farm, where all the horses have a special gift. At first Scruff doesn’t seem to fit in, but when Lila is in danger, he, too, discovers his magical talent. This enchanting read-aloud story will delight young horse fans and adventurers.
Vol. 2: A Pony in Danger (Spring 2019)
The beautiful mare Honey has disappeared from the pony carousel. This will be Zausel’s first mission, but he does not yet master his magical ability properly.
Further titles in preparation.
The Luna Wunderwald series takes place in a magnificent location: in the middle of the forest. The heroine Luna has been chosen to play a magical flute that allows her to communicate with the forest animals. She comes to their rescue when an animal is in danger or needs help. The stories combine magical realism with environmental themes for girls 8 and up.
• Vol. 1: A Key in an Owl’s Beak (February 2018)
• Vol. 2: A Mystery on Cat’s Paws (March 2018)
• Vol. 3: Raccoons in Search of a Home (August 2018)
• Vol. 4: The Magical Robin Redbreast (spring 2019)
• Vol. 5: A Lynx with Lovesickness (fall 2019)
Further titles in preparation.
Romantic Urban Fantasy Trilogy.
The first book of The Truth of Lies (August 2018)
Never would June have imagined her year in England like this: A magnificent manor house on Cornwall’s wind-swept coast will be her new home, two very different brothers will magically attract her, and an age-old gift will awaken in her.
The second book of The Truth of Lies (spring 2019)
June does not believe in the mysterious curse that purportedly prohibits her from meeting Blake or Preston. She is looking for answers with her friend Lilly – and at the same time she senses that her gift of the truth of lies is becoming stronger and stronger.
The third book of The Truth of Lies will be available in fall 2019.
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Sales Michael Bartl
Marketing Katrin Fürst (Manager)
Public Relations Heike Herd-Reppner (-1271)
Foreign Rights Florence Roux
Production Mark Voges
Cardboardbooks/ ministeps® Anna Heischkamp
Picture Books/ Read Aloud & First Readers Friederike Eickhoff
Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? / Children's non-fiction Judith Witzel
tiptoi® / Play & Learn Andrea Soprek
Children’s and Young Adult Literature Iris Praël
Lizenzmarken / F.X. Schmid Tatjana Grauf